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March 20, 2007
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N.Y. stand-off ends with father, son dead


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A man wounded his wife and fatally shot his son in a feud over the son's marriage. He then held police at bay for nearly 30 hours before he was found dead inside the home, police and authorities said.

Thach Ros, 62, exchanged gunfire with police during the standoff that began Saturday afternoon with a call about domestic violence, Police Chief Gary Miguel said.

His two younger children and his daughter-in-law were able to escape onto a porch roof, where emergency crews rescued them by ladder. Neighbors also were evacuated during the standoff, which finally ended Sunday night.

Police twice attempted to enter the house but were forced back when Ros opened fire on them, Miguel said.

Officers found the body of Ros' son, Sophin ''Peter'' Ros, 34, upstairs in the home, dead from a gunshot wound to the head, Miguel said.

An autopsy was planned to determine whether the elder Ros was killed by officers or if the fatal wound was self-inflicted, the chief said.

His wife, Sopheap Kim Ros, 52, was in critical condition Monday morning with a stomach wound.

The shootings and standoff resulted from an ongoing feud between Ros and his son, said the Rev. Oan Yos, pastor of the Cambodian Alliance Church.

Ros wanted Peter Ros to marry a cousin in Cambodia, but the son didn't want to marry a relative and rejected his father's proposal, Yos said. According to Yos, Peter Ros wound up marrying another Cambodian woman and they moved to Syracuse four months ago, Yos said.


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